Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media: La La Land
Score from Musical Starring Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone on Double LP!
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The Original Motion Picture Score for the hit film La La Land starring Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling contains music composed & orchestrated by Justin Hurwitz.
The story of Mia, an aspiring actress, and Sebastien, a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.
Written and directed by Academy Award nominee Damien Chazelle (Whiplash). La La Land tells the story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet. Set in modern day Los Angels, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.
"There has been so much cynicism and negativity in the news in 2016, that a film like La La Land is not so much a breath of fresh air, but a necessary antidote to the political and social upheaval that has swept across far too much of the world. Its a sincere, optimistic love letter to the power of dreams and the joy of romance, an homage to classic Hollywood musicals, and a celebration of art and dance and music that wears its heart on its sleeve and looks you straight in the eye as it does so... Of course, the films other big selling point is that it is an all-singing all-dancing musical, a combination of classic jazz and Broadway show tunes with more than a dash of Hollywood magic. Composer Justin Hurwitz, songwriters Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul, and choreographer Mandy Moore approached their task with a glorious freedom of expression, and emerged with several spectacular set pieces, which Gosling and Stone attack with realism, good humor, personality, and not a small amount of talent." - Jonathan Broxton, Moviemusicuk.us
"Hurwitzs score is built around five central themes: one for Mia, one for Sebastian, two for Mia & Sebastian together, and one for the overall concept of Hollywood and the limelight ambitions of the young and the idealistic...As you can probably tell, I think La La Land is a masterpiece; it slapped a big, stupid grin on my face from the opening bars of the opening track, and kept it there throughout its entire running time. Its clearly one of the best scores of 2016, and is an absolute shoo-in for an Oscar nomination. Other than the musical and lyrical excellence I have already discussed, the other thing that really impressed me was the fine line that Justin Hurwitz was able to tread here; one step to the right and hes too deep in a sort of schmaltzy pastiche that sounds too insincere, one step to the left and he hasnt properly captured the magical tone that director Chazelle wanted to maintain. Thankfully, Hurwitzs music is right down the middle, paying loving homage to the classic Hollywood musicals of the past, while maintaining a contemporary sensibility of self-conscious imperfection that allows Mia and Sebastian to be relatable and real." - Jonathan Broxton, Moviemusicuk.us
1. Mia Gets Home
2. Bathroom Mirror / You're Coming Right?
3. Classic Rope-A-Dope
4. Mia & Sebastian's Theme
5. Stroll Up the Hill
6. There the Whole Time / Twirl
7. Bogart & Bergman
8. Mia Hates Jazz
9. Hermans' Habit
1. Rialto At Ten
3. Mia & Sebastian's Theme (Late For The Date)
5. Holy Hell
6. Summer Montage / Madeline
7. It Pays
8. Chicken On A Stick
9. City Of Stars / May Finally Come True (feat. Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone)
4. Missed The Play
5. It's Over / Engagement Party
1. The House In Front Of The Library
2. You Love Jazz Now
5. The End
7. Mia And Sebastian's Theme (Celesta)